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In the UK 49 million tonnes of cargo were carried on inland waters in 2000, the DTLR has announced. ...
In the UK 49 million tonnes of cargo were carried on inland waters in 2000, the DTLR has announced.

The department's Statistics Bulletin Waterborne Freight in the United Kingdom 2000 highlights that:

* the volume of goods moved (the tonnage of the cargo lifted multiplied by the distance travelled) in 2000 was 1.7 billion tonne-kilometres.

* of all modes of transport in the United Kingdom, water transport including coastwise, one-port (mainly offshore oil) and inland waters traffic carried 8 per cent of goods lifted measured in tonnes, and 33 per cent of goods moved, measured in terms of tonne-kilometres, in 2000.

* crude petroleum and petroleum products dominated waterborne freight movements with 81.2 billion tonne-kilometres of goods moved, 87 per cent of all waterborne freight. Two thirds of this was one-port traffic from North Sea oil fields.

* of the total tonnage of waterborne freight including coastwise, one-port and inland waters traffic carried in 2000, 30 per cent was carried on inland waters at some stage in its transportation. In terms of goods moved, inland waters accounted for 2 per cent of the total.

* UK registered ships handled 20 million tonnes of coastwise and one-port oil cargoes, 22 per cent of the total.

* the Thames was the busiest of the major inland waterways with 14.5 million tonnes of goods lifted and 0.6 billion tonne kilometres of goods moved.


1. Waterborne Freight in the United Kingdom 2000 presents statistics of freight traffic moved within the United Kingdom by water transport, including coastwise, one-port (mainly offshore oil) and inland waters traffic in 2000. The statistics cover traffic carried by barges and seagoing vessels along inland waters and around the coast of the United Kingdom. The statistics are compiled by MDS-Transmodal for the Department, and come from a range of sources: statistics collected from shipping lines or their agents and port authorities, returns from surveys of barge operators, and shipping movements collated by Lloyd's Maritime Information Services Ltd.

2. There are two measures of traffic: goods lifted measured in tonnes, and goods moved calculated by multiplying the tonnage of goods lifted by the distance the cargo is moved. One-port traffic comprises traffic to and from offshore installations including crude oil shipped directly to UK refinery ports or onshore terminals, and also aggregates dredged from the sea bed.

3. There are important changes to the way that some of the information has been derived in 2000, principally affecting coastal and one-port traffic and inland waters penetration of such traffic, in order to comply with regulations implementing an EC Maritime Statistics Directive (Council Directive 95/64/EC on statistical returns in respect of the carriage of goods and passengers by sea). Also in 2000 there was more accurate recording of the routeing of shipments of crude oil unloaded at mainland refinery ports. As a result of these differences traffic figures for 2000 for coastwise and one-port traffic are not directly comparable with figures for 1999.

4. This is the 20th report in the series and the eighth to be published by the department as a Statistics Bulletin. It is available free of charge from the department's Maritime Statistics Branch, Zone 2/19 Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR (telephone number 020 7944 3087).

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